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Old 07-02-2018, 07:31 PM
 
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I agree... give it time...

+ = drones / telecommute / jobs into WA / higher fuel costs / conservation / dedicated Express busses / use of more rail (freight and passenger), future advances in communication and transportation, less need for truck shipment (everyone has a 3D printer to make their JUNK...)

minus -
varied reasons for Portland 'needs' (food / culture / crazies / Gardens / shopping...)
Amazon Prime!!~!, creates WAY too much traffic / wear on roads, congestion of commerce (IMHO... it has cost me $20k in new driveways for my rural rentals, ),,, last week a renter had a $0.25 box of baking soda delivered by a big fast moving truck that tears up the roads.
If I had my druthers it would be a "country home in the Gorge" - Washougal for instance. It is isolated and a car is needed. I drive now but my visual situation, in terms of driving, is at the border. As in minimum driving acuity (20/40 and I am holding at 20/30) so the particulars, apart from that, are less key. A nice small home, near an urban center (Portland) with a mixed neighborhood - in terms of ages. I live in SF and all the new buyers are 30 going on 29. Techie couples. I'm in my early 60s and just 10% of my neighborhood is over 60. I really started to notice it last year when the last "old timers" on my block passed away. Mid 80s. Several such folk passed away in their homes and it was weeks before anyone knew. I fear that kind of isolation 20 years now for myself. It's a segmented neighborhood with the over 60s basically ignored and, truth to tell, somewhat resented.


I have rentals in Ohio and fortunately the landlord/tenant relationship is quite positive. When I first purchased there and exchanged from Cali I asked about hiring a person to do the lawn. My great PM said no problem. The "guys" do that on the weekend and you don't need one.


BTW, the "country home in the Gorge" comes from a Rose Villa video. Beautiful homes, views of the Gorge. Perfect but for one has to do a total buy-in. Not something I would do.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:10 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If I had my druthers it would be a "country home in the Gorge" - Washougal for instance. It is isolated and a car is needed. I drive now but my visual situation, in terms of driving, is at the border. ...
BTW, the "country home in the Gorge" comes from a Rose Villa video. Beautiful homes, views of the Gorge. Perfect but for one has to do a total buy-in. Not something I would do.
Yes, my FIL had to finally move to town at age 91 due to sight issues and driving dangers living in a Mtn Canyon without guard rails.

In our Gorge Neighborhood, we have 90% retirees (maybe 3 people working in the adjacent 20 homes). We help each other out, and ideally I will convert my home to 'shared equity' ownership with those of like mind and similar travel schedule.
https://groundedsolutions.org/homeowner-testimonials/
We all have multiple dwelling units on each property (except (2) modular homes. Zoning avoidance... no problem, I spend far less than 183 days in WA / yr and plan to change my Domicile to SD before I spend $280 for another worthless WA EDL. (Enhanced Drivers License), Which as a CDL (commercial) holder I have to buy every 5 yrs. (and get drug tested many times / yr). For ID... I will stick with Sentri (Canadian version of USA Global Entry, but cheaper).

We have always done senior care volunteer work with rural neighbors, helping them to make home accessible and share rides and meals often. They need someone to stay with them during rehab... no problem, we do 'shifts' as neighbors / family and cover them 100% They go to Hospice, neighbors accompany till the end!

Not so bad in our particular spot. No yapping dogs, no dirt bikes, no / few guns, no loud cars or bikes.
<6 minutes to groceries. NO STOPLIGHTS!
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